Today we reach the final section of our project “Living with Water.”
Over the course of five weeks, we’ve looked at the geography of our drainage systems, at flooding and drought, and at water quality.
Today’s final section explores and explains the critical importance of water management. Perhaps no issue is more important than this one. Without proper management, we have chaos.
Sound water management can protect us against flood. It also ensures an adequate supply of water for our activities, from brushing our teeth to extracting our oil.
Today’s section takes in a lot of geography.
Reporters and photographers from Forum Communications Co. newspapers have considered water management in places as far away as the Netherlands and the Susquehanna River Basin in Pennsylvania.
They’ve looked at issues as diverse as flood insurance and agreements between states and countries to manage shared water resources.
There’s an interview with Gary Doer, whose experience as premier of Manitoba gives him a deep knowledge of regional water issues and whose current job as Canada’s ambassador to the United States, gives him a unique position of influence over water issues in both North Dakota and Minnesota.
This series began on Jan. 26 and has appeared in The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, Grand Forks Herald, Jamestown Sun, Dickinson Press, all in North Dakota, The Daily Republic in Mitchell, S.D., and in newspapers affiliated with the company’s Detroit Lakes, Minn., newspaper group.
FCC broadcast facilities in Fargo, Grand Forks, Bismarck and Minot and the company’s Internet sites have also showcased the series.
I can assure our readers that the series has been a total effort on the part of Forum Communications Co.
The company has had more than 30 professionals working on the series since last summer. Mike Jacobs, editor and publisher of the Grand Forks Herald, has been the project leader.
The reporting in the “Living with Water” series is thoughtful and historical. I’m convinced it is a source of vital information.
I hope the series will be a meaningful water diary as the residents of the Northern Plains discuss the “life blood” of our region.
We welcome your comments by email to Mike Jacobs or U.S. mail to Living with Water, PO Box 6008, Grand Forks, ND 58206.
You can get a complete set of our special editions by using the coupon in today’s newspaper or by ordering online.
Thank you and enjoy “Living with Water.”
William C. Marcil, Chairman of the Board, Forum Communicationsd Co.